“Count Down for Gender Equality Has Started Campaign” meetings held in Mardin and Adana

01 Jul 2013

Two meetings were held in Mardin and Adana at the beginning of June to increase awareness at local and national levels and sharing the experiences in gender equality.


New Horizons - Regional Information and Experience Sharing Platforms in Adana and in Mardin were co-organized by Turkish Grand National Assembly Equal Opportunities Commission for Man and Woman and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The meetings were held under “Count Down for Gender Equality Has Started Campaign” and the Joint Programme “Fostering an Enabling Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey” implemented by Turkish Grand National Assembly Equal Opportunities Commission for Man and Woman, UN Women and UNDP.

After the first meeting was held in İstanbul in early 2012, the seventh and eighth meetings were organized in Mardin and in Adana.

Ensuring gender equality, making necessary arrangements for gender equality, especially in the Constitution, and participation of women in local governance and decision-making mechanisms are some of the issues emphasized during the meetings.

For Mardin region, the need for improving educational opportunities and providing the continuity of girls’ education were underlined.

The “Support for Women Employment in Dicle” EU-project grants were presented by Dicle Development Agency in the meeting in Mardin. The main aims of this project are to employ more people and keep them employed by especially decreasing women unemployment.

For Adana region, social support and employment problems were the prominent issues.

The need for equal access to social services for everyone and proving them in a more organized and fair way are addressed.

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